WHEN EVERYTHING GOES TO HELL, THE PEOPLE WHO STAND BY YOU WITHOUT FLINCHING–THEY ARE YOUR FAMILY (JIM BUTCHER)
So here they are…just some of the people who have always been there, no matter what:
It was the best of times, it was (not quite) the worst of times…
Among the best were our annual Resch Family Reunion, held at my cousin Verlys’ farm up in Pine City (she was living w/mom and dad and was the first Resch to see me!), a Sabas family picnic/Olympics at Resort da Sabas, which doubles as my Aunt Sheila’s place, a Fourth of July picnic on Lake Minnetonka, hosted by my Aunt Toddie and Uncle Bob, and sweet summer afternoons sitting out in our backyard with George and Fiona. Also, I got two unbelievably amazing Twins tickets from my friends Gary and Mary Margaret Hoden, so my pal Patti and I went and sat in THE LEGENDS CLUB. Really, I could get used to living like this!
There were only two things to make my summer less than happy: my birthmom had hip surgery (she’s doing great now, in the hospital they called her a rock star), and I sort of totaled my car and wound up with a very nasty, mean case of whiplash. So I have no car, plus I’m having neck pain and headaches; however, I’ve started physical therapy and my doctor is being very kind about muscle relaxers, so I am hanging in there, albeit not at top speed. Well, there was a third–namely, a huge PTSD flare when some new memories surfaced. I was tormented by flashbacks and nightmares for a while, but thanks to the help of God and my beloved therapist, I’m doing much better now. As usual, I can’t say enough about the support and love of all my family, especially George.
Oh yes, one other highlight of my summer was the opportunity to have dinner at Bulldog NE with my two stepbrothers, Alex and Kelley, and George was even able to join us! Kelley lives in Tokyo so I only get to see him a few times a year, and Alex keeps incredibly busy with his band Deadweight (he is the drummer–and an awesome one too in my totally unbiased opinion) and school, PLUS an August trip to Vietnam with his lovely (fiancée?) Tee (Tina). So it was extra special for the four of us to get to spend some time together–every time I see either of my brothers, I like them more! It’s beyond cool to grow up an only child and suddenly gain a couple of little brothers.
When I look back at my summer, I have to admit that despite the PTSD and car accident, it was a blessed time of love and laughter. I’m attempting to upload a bunch of pictures on my mobile, so we will see how the Great Photo experiment goes!
|The Resch Reunion|
|Me with lovely Sabas cousins Elissa and Deanna|
|Sandi Sybrandt and family at Resch Reunion|
|My poor Metro!!|
|Instagram version, Elissa, Deanna, and me|
|Kelita and Levi Robertson at Resch Reunion|
|Mari-Lea and Kathy Oberg and Aunt Jo, Resch Reunion|
|Resch cousins come all the way from Montana!|
|Me with Auntie Sheila (Sabas)|
|My sleepy Fiona (with her favorite toy)|
|Joe and Nancy Mallery, Linda and Breanna Cook, Resch Reunion|
|Sabas Olympics!! (Bocce Ball)|
|Naptime for George and Fiona|
|Patti and me with Kirby Puckett!|
|Me with Harmon “The Killer” Killebrew!!!!|
|George and me enjoying a drink at Kieran’s after mass at the Basilica|
|A truly awful picture of me with my beloved aunties Marie, Jo, and Julie, Resch Reunion|
|Aunt Marie, Aunt Jo, Aunt Julie, Resch Reunion|
|My sleepy baby!|
|Joni-lea and Faith at Sabas picnic|
|Wildflowers finally bloom in August, turn out to be Goldenrod (relative of the Evil Ragweed)|
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